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stellastarr* = SUPER RAD!

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You heard me… SUPER RAD! That’s how I describe stellastarr* (a band, for those so UNCOOL they have no idea what I’m talking about). C’mon man, get hip, get “with-it” (do air-quotes when reading that and it will make more sense). Alright, seriously though, stellastarr* is awesome. Sasha, Chris (Sasha’s friend) and I all went […]

A Musical Baton

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Dan Mall just passed me the Musical Baton, and being an avid music fan, I am MORE than happy to show you ALL how AWESOME my taste in music is… okay, well, awesome to me at least. Total Volume Of Music On My Computer 1.3 GB The Last CD I Bought Susie Suh (Self-Titled) Song […]

Tickets to Collective Soul

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Earlier today I purchased tickets to the June 17th Collective Soul show at the Electric Factory here in Philly. This will be my first major show/concert here, so I’m pretty excited. Also, I’ve never seen Collective Soul in concert, so that’s pretty great too. I ended up getting two tickets to the show… even though […]

CD Review: Ian Brown – Solarized

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Ian Brown – Solarized List Price: $17.98 Audio CD (February 22, 2005) Label: Koch Records Remember the band, the Stone Roses? Well, Ian Brown was their lead singer. The band was a big hit in the alternative music boom of the mid 90’s and while they may not be around anymore, Ian Brown still is. […]

CD Review: Anna Nalick – Wreck of the Day

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Anna Nalick – Wreck of the Day List Price: $12.98 Audio CD (January 25, 2005) Label: Sony 1. Breathe (2 AM) 2. Citadel 3. Paper Bag 4. Wreck Of The Day 5. Satellite 6. Forever Love (Digame) 7. In The Rough 8. In My Head 9. Bleed 10. Catalyst 11. Consider This Just the other […]

CD Review: Maria Mena – White Turns Blue

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When you’re young, female, and a singer, there’s this dreaded stigma that automatically gets attached to you. And in this day and age of pre-packaged pop music, it’s hard to establish yourself as anything else. Luckily, Maria Mena’s debut CD “White Turns Blue” is anything but pre-packaged pop music and she seems to take her […]

CD Review: Jimmy Eat World – Futures

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It’s been three years since Jimmy Eat World released their self-titled breakthrough CD. They rose to fame on tracks like “The Middle” and “Sweetness” and now they’re back with a new album. Now, first off, let me just say that Jimmy Eat World is an “indie” band… always have been. The commercial success of their […]

CD Review: Duran Duran – Astronaut

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I like Duran Duran, always have… just have a soft-spot when it comes to synth pop music. I don’t know why that is, but what can you do? And the one thing that really struck be about their latest CD is that it’s quite good… really quite good. There’s a sense of fun and adventure […]

CD Review: The Dissociatives

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I’m a big fan of Silverchair’s “Diorama” record and think Daniel Johns (lead singer/guitarist/lyricist) is a genius. So, when I read that he was teaming up with another musician (Paul Mac) to make a new record, I was certainly eager to hear it. Well, “The Dissociatives” is the result. On first impression, the album has […]

CD Review: Angels in America (Score)

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Angels in America (Score) Music by Thomas Newman List Price: $18.98 Audio CD (December 2, 2003) Every now and again, a movie/mini-series/etc will come along and completely blow you away with how utterly amazing it is. And on top of that, the music will be so astounding that it heightens what is already a profound […]

CD Review: The Rasmus – Dead Letters

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There’s nothing like a CD from a bunch of teenagers from Finland to really rejuvinate your love of rock music. And their band name, The Rasmus, is killer… doesn’t it remind you of some evil force from 80’s fantasy movies like Dark Crystal or Neverending Story? The easiest way to describe this band is that […]

CD Review: The Killers – Hot Fuss

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DISCLAIMER: I’m not really a fan of the recent low-fi (Hives, Strokes, Jet, etc) or emo (Modest Mouse, Franz Ferdinand, etc) movements in music. I’ve tried to enjoy the music and really wish I could like it, but I just don’t. That’s why it was so strange that I ented up liking, and buying the […]

CD Review: The Shore – The Shore

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Just as Muse reminds me of Radiohead, The Shore reminds me of bands like The Verve, Travis and Coldplay. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s not really a good thing either. Because, while listening to their self-titled album, I feel like I’ve heard it all before. And in a way, I sort of […]

CD Review: Spartan Fidelity – Excava-11

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For those unaware, the band Remy Zero broke up a short while ago. Their biggest claim to fame probably being the theme song, “Save Me” from Smallville. Anyways, the driving forces behind the band, Cinjun and Shelby Tate, have struck out on their own (as “Spartan Fidelity”) and recently released their first creation, Excava-11. Don’t […]

CD Review: Muse – Absolution

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Do you ever get stuck in a rut where you’re just not happy with the music that’s on the radio and wish you could find something spectacular to listen to. Well, that’s been me for the past few weeks. However, I got lucky and picked up the newest CD from the band, Muse. The disc […]

CD Review: Thornley – Come Again

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Big Wreck – In Loving Memory Of… (1997) Big Wreck – The Pleasure and the Greed (2001) Thornley – Come Again (2004) Sometime after Big Wreck released their second album, lead signer/guitarist/genius Ian Thornley left the band. I’m not sure why, but I honestly don’t really care because he’s back with a new band and […]

CD Review: Ben Jelen – Give It All Away

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I like Pop music. HOWEVER, only if it’s not saccharin pop and has some style and substance to it. “Give It All Away” by the fresh-faced Ben Jelen has style and substance (he uses a lot of piano in his songs) and I’ve been enjoying this disc quite a bit lately. I think the best […]

CD Review: Alanis Morissette – So Called Chaos

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I’m a big Alanis Morissette fan so picking up her new CD was a no brainer for me. You’ve probably heard the new single, Everything, on the radio and you may have even seen the video on MTV or VH1. The song is a good pop tune with some nice/calm lyrics that exhibit a maturity […]

CD Review: Goldfrapp – Black Cherry

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Goldfrapp is a mixture of melancholy, industrial, techno and hauntingly sexy female vocals that I just simply adore. I originally came across this CD after purchasing a disc by Emiliana Torrini (she sings “Gollum’s Song” at the end of LOTR: Two Towers) from Amazon. In the “Customers who bought this title also bought:” section, I […]

CD Review: Metric – Old World Underground

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I saw this band a couple months ago at the 9:30 club in DC. They were opening up for a group called “South” and I really had no idea what either group sounded like. It was a total crap shoot, but DEFINITELY worth it in the end. The best way to sum up the band […]

CD Review: Hanson – Underneath

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Hanson – Underneath List Price: $16.98 Audio CD (April 20, 2004) Label: 3CG 1. Strong Enough to Break 2. Dancing in the Wind 3. Penny & Me 4. Underneath 5. Misery 6. Lost Without Each Other 7. When You’re Gone 8. Broken Angel 9. Deeper 10. Get Up & Go 11. Crazy Beautiful 12. Hey […]

CD Review: Auf Der Maur

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Melissa Auf Der Maur, the former bassist of Hole and the Smashing Pumpkins has apparently come out with a solo CD and here it is: The album was produced by Chris Goss (Queens of the Stone Age), and features 12 tracks including collaborations with Josh Homme (QOTSA), Brandt Bjork (Kyuss) along with James Iha and […]